Mike Jacobs

Senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

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Michael Jacobs is a senior energy analyst with expertise in electricity markets, transmission and renewables integration work. See Mike's full bio.

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As we change the power grid, we need to keep the standards that have guided good utility practice. Photo: Mike Jacobs

There is a Standard for Comparing Power Plant Closings with Energy Shortages; Let’s Use it!

The debate about modernizing our energy system has been marred by shifting claims that we need old power plants. We are replacing fossil fuels with steady and rapid adoption of clean renewable energy, and more efficient buildings and appliances and we need to keep the basic reliability principles front and center. The latest analysis from the electricity grid operator in the Mid-Atlantic US, leaves out a crucial piece.

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Bringing Energy Storage to Energy Markets

Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the US, promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. Read more >

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Department of Energy Walks Into a Fight About Subsidies

There is a fight over power plant costs that could threaten grid reliability, and it’s not as simple as the fight you have been hearing.  This wraps together three issues, each of which could cost billions of dollars. By throwing them together, policymakers are jeopardizing the electric grid reliability they say they are trying to protect. Read more >

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Coal Bailout: Low on Benefits, but High on Costs

More indications that there is no national reason for a proposed financial rescue of coal plants came out this week. Power grid operator PJM says there is no emergency; a leading coal industry representative says we don’t have any measure or understanding of what is gained in terms of reliability; and financial estimates are reported at $17 – 35 billion per year.

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Getting More Wind and Solar is 100% Possible, But Not 100% Straightforward. Here’s Why

It’s not an issue of technology. Read more >

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